Massey Hall

Massey Hall was built in 1894 out of the need for a gathering place for performances, for the people of Toronto. Funded by the Massey Family and a gift from Hart Massey to his son, this hall has seen many famous stars perform a wide variety of shows, and undergone major renovations to accommodate the changes in safety and public need. It was designed by Sidney Badgley with a neoclassical façade and an interior inspired by the Alhambra Place in Spain as well as Louis Sullivan’s Chicago Auditorium and Opera house (Kilbourn 22). It hides a steel structure with brick veneer and a rusticated stone foundation. Within the hall it features Moorish arches that span the length of the concert hall and after the most recent renovations in 1933 the hall now has a capacity of 2 765.  Since its construction it has acted as a historical landmark and a meeting place for concerts, public entertainment, and even protests. It was one of the first buildings in the area to break the three story high mark as street level shops originally surrounded it. The Halls grandeur feel is due to its larger than human scale, achieved by the verticality of the three front bays, as well as that the pilasters which reach the top cornice do not fall to the ground. These pilasters give an ABA rhythm to Massey Hall which incorporates the perfect square, 1:2, and perfect circle geometry. Massey Hall has inspired the people of Toronto to be creative by being the first and now the oldest place to showcase talents from the up and coming artists to the superstar.

 

Looking North-East

 

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